Refugee Crisis in Colour
The ongoing genocide of Rohingya people in Western Myanmar (formerly Burma) remains almost ignored by world media. Displaced from their homes, attacked by the military, interned in refugee camps and driven across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh, the Rohingya have become known as one of the world's most persecuted people.
In 2016, Ali MC visited Rohingya refugee and internally displaced peoples’ camps in both Myanmar and Bangladesh. His aim was to photograph Rohingya people, document their living conditions and better understand the events that forced them into this situation.
Unlike the photojournalism of poverty and angst, Ali MC also wanted to portray Rohingya as a people with pride and determination, despite their adverse living conditions. The portraits included in Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour accomplish just that - strength and resilience captured on camera.
The photos to be displayed in Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour were shot with medium format film, and were taken at considerable risk - Ali MC was even arrested in Bangladesh, detained and questioned by the Bangladeshi Army. The result is an engaging, eye opening and beautifully shot exhibition that will prompt viewers to further explore and understand the challenges facing Rohingya people.
Upcoming 2018 exhibitions of Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour:
1 - 31 May at Inverloch Hub, 16 Abeckett St, Inverloch, Victoria.
Artist presentation plus Q&A with Ali MC on Thursday 31 May (6.30pm start).
5 - 29 June at Margot Hardy Gallery Foyer of Building 23, Western Sydney University (Bankstown Campus), Bullecourt Avenue, Milperra, NSW.
Opening and artist presentation plus Q&A Thursday 7 June (5:30 pm for 6.00 pm start).